Gail Simon, Ph.D.
D.Prof. Systemic Practice
Institute of Applied Social research
University of Bedfordshire
LU1 3JU, UK
Gail Simon leads the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice (the former KCC program) which is now run solely by the University of Bedfordshire, UK. She also teaches research and systemic practice at The Relate Institute on the MA and MSc in Relationship Therapy. Gail co-founded The Pink Practice, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer systemic therapy service with Gwyn Whitfield in 1990 which still acts as Gail’s systemic and political home base. She has been called as Expert Witness by the Immigration Tribunals for lesbian and gay asylum seekers and has been invited or keynote speaker at several national LGBTQ psychotherapy conferences. She has presented at national and international conferences on systemic practice, the politics of psychotherapy, reflexive research methods and research as social and political intervention. Another important practice base is Relate Bradford where she supervises the team and supports organisational and training initiatives. She maintains her professional registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Relate Register of Supervisors and the Association for Systemic and Family Therapy.
Gail did her postgraduate qualification in Systemic Therapy with Individuals, Couples and Families at the Kensington Consultation Centre and many years later completed the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at KCC. Gail’s doctoral research explored writing as systemic practice in which she experimented with ethical and practice ways of writing from within practice relationships and explored the relationships within inner and outer dialogue.
She runs writing and supervision groups for reflexive practitioners and is finishing a book on writing as a relational practice for researchers and reflexive practitioners.
Gail has developed and published papers on reflexive practitioner research methodologies. Gail is co-editing a book on Systemic Inquiry, a text for postgraduate practitioner researchers on relationally reflexive research methodologies.
She is a member of International Advisory Board for the International Journal for Collaborative Practice and the Editorial Advisory Board for The Qualitative Report. She reviews for the Journal of Family Therapy, Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training, Child Abuse Review and The International Journal for Collaborative Practice. She is a member of the Professional Affairs Committee for the Association for Systemic and Family Therapy (AFT) and has written the AFT guidance for Commissioners of Family and Systemic Therapists.
Recent writings of note include:
- Simon, Gail (2012). Praction Research: A Model of Systemic Inquiry. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation & Training. Vol.23.1, 103-124. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5TWuGoJVPe_UDNYdGJ5NXl1dGs/edit?pli=1
- Simon, Gail (2012). Writing as Talk. International Journal of Collaborative Practices Vol.3.1, 28-39. http://ijcp.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/simon_final_english-witing-as-talk_new.pdf
- Simon, Gail (2012). Relational Ethnography: Writing and Reading in Research Relationships. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. Retrieved from http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1735/3457
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Systemic Inquiry: Innovations in Reflexive Practice Research This edited book is for relationally reflexive practitioners who want to research practice with inspiring innovative research methodology. These writings aim to inspire practitioners to do research in ways that reflect the sensitivity, creativity, values and practices from their everyday working lives rather than adopt off-the-shelf methods from modernist academic discourse.